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Feeling Mortal – Lecture by Andrew Edmeads

My aim this evening is to reflect on working in an adult hospice and a children’s hospice. I will begin by thinking about the language of spiritual care and I will attempt to wrestle with the age old question of where we might find God in times of great suffering. I will share some poetry, tell some stories and reflect on them in the light of what it means to know that we are mortal. To think about what might…

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I think, therefore I am? – Lecture by Jon Riding

Insight Lecture 9th Oct 2017 Jon Riding. Good evening ladies and gentlemen. This evening I am going to give you a glimpse of a new world. It is a world in which there is scope for much relief of human suffering and where more of humanity might see hopes and dreams fulfilled. But it is equally a world which might easily become a dystopian nightmare. It is a world in which humankind are no longer the only intelligent beings and…

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God Created Humanism – Lecture by Theo Hobson

One of my favourite fairy tales is the Emperor’s New Clothes. The emperor is persuaded that he is wearing some incredible new outfit when actually he is naked. And he parades in front of his people who are too shocked to say anything, and perhaps become involved in the delusion that he is finely attired. And of course there’s just one little boy in the crowd who says the obvious, calls out the fact that he is naked, and breaks…

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Better Alone? – Frank Field MP

The Rt Hon Frank Field MP visited Sherborne on Friday 20th May  to speak as part of our series of lectures on the EU Referendum under the title “Better Alone”. Almost 300 filled the centre of the Abbey Nave to hear him speak. As promised he has sent a copy of his notes for the evening. Frank Field MP: ‘We are debating the destiny of our nation. Do we see our future to lie within the European state? Or do…

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Faith in the Future of the EU

Ben Ryan (Theos Think Tank) at Sherborne Insight on Monday 25th April 2016 The first of three lectures on Europe and the impending referendum. To be followed by: Frank Field MP 20/5 – Better Alone Gary Streeter MP 16/6 – Better Together   Well thank you for inviting me here today, I am delighted to be kicking off this Sherborne Insight series which is obviously timely, with the referendum approaching, but I think is also important on a wider level…

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Digital Bibles, Notes and Memories

Jon Riding One of the exciting things of recent years has been the growth of mobile phone technologies. Smart phones are now endemic in society, not just in the West but in the developing world where their ability to operate without expensive and difficult to maintain infrastructure (like telegraph poles) makes them a very attractive option for all and sundry. The popularity of apps like YouVersion, now up to 200,000,000 downloads, is clear evidence for how many are choosing to…

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The drama of our salvation

A Sherborne Abbey Insight Lecture on the Eucharist, given by Canon Eric Woods on Monday 1 February 2016 Many years ago, in 1945, a remarkable man, a Benedictine monk of the Church of England, Dom Gregory Dix, published a pioneering study of the Eucharist and its history called The Shape of the Liturgy. Some of his arguments are now disputed, but towards the end of the book he delivered a sustained meditation on the sheer power of the Eucharist which…

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Two Minds, One Heart!

An Insight Lecture given by the Revd Sister Ann-Marie Stuart, F.J., MA on the 11th January 2016 at Sherborne. In his book entitled ‘The Collage of God’ Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral refers to an image from The Greek Philosopher Archilochus, suggesting that there are two different takes on life. He said, the Fox knows many things, while the hedgehog knows one big thing. Isaiah Berlin interpreted this as meaning that some people relate to one central…

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Why translate the Bible ?

 Human language is a very fascinating thing. We use it to pass on information, to express our deepest emotions, to pray, to praise, to encourage and, sadly, sometimes to denigrate. The conduit for all these is language, spoken and written. Language defines who we are, preselects our friends, links us with our heritage and sets our expectations. Not only do we shape language, language shapes us. Different languages can make a dramatic difference to our understanding of a particular event…

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What is Spirituality?

This is a really good question, because over the centuries the meaning of the term Spirituality has changed and been adapted. In fact the term as we use it today is comparatively modern. If you try to Google a definition you will find amongst others that even in 1961 the Oxford dictionary gave six meanings, five of which had nothing to do with religion at all, and the last one merely used the term to distinguish the difference between spiritual…

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Forthcoming Events
  1. Incarnation

    Monday, 12 February, 2018 @ 19:30 - 21:00
  2. NT Greek in a Week

    Monday, 23 July, 2018 @ 09:30 - Saturday, 28 July, 2018 @ 15:30
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    Monday, 13 August, 2018 @ 09:30 - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018 @ 15:30